Nuclear Modernization: The Future of Deterrence

The U.S. military is currently modernizing its nuclear arsenal and refurbishing delivery systems and warheads. This is a major undertaking. Estimates for improvements and maintenance of the services’ bombers, intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), and submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM) are steep—some budget projections run as high as $1 trillion over the next 30 years. As Defense News reports, these “costs come simultaneously with a major modernization ‘bow wave’ of conventional weapons.” But can deterrence be accomplished on the cheap? Suffice to say, cost is not the only criteria.

Please join the Charles Koch Institute on Tuesday, April 26 for an important discussion about the role of nuclear weapons in the post-Cold War world and the force structure needed to assure our defense. This event will highlight the perspectives of retired U.S. Air Force General Eugene E. Habiger, former commander in chief of U.S. Strategic Command, and Ben Friedman, research fellow in defense and homeland security studies at the Cato Institute. The evening’s discussion will be moderated by William Ruger, vice president for research at the Charles Koch Institute.


William Rugervice president for research, Charles Koch Institute and Foundation


Ben Friedmanresearch fellow in defense and homeland security studies, Cato Institute

Retired General Eugene E. Habiger (U.S. Air Force)former commander in chief, U.S. Strategic Command

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